LHB62 Western General Hospitals Unit

Collection Summary

Reference Code: GB239 LHB62

Title: Western General Hospitals Unit

Administrative Dates: 1986-1993

Dates of Creation of Material: 1993-1994

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 2 items

Name of creator(s): Western General Hospitals Unit

Administrative history: In late 1983 instructions were issued to abolish the district level of management in the Scottish National Health Service. Following on from the recommendations of the Griffiths Report, unit-based management was introduced. Unit General Managers were appointed who, in turn, reported to General Managers at board level.

In April 1992, NHS reforms took effect which sought to differentiate responsibility between the services provided with more responsibility for this going to hospitals and management units; and developing policies to meet health needs and purchasing services from providers which was the responsibility of the Board. The seven units of management were restructured into six new units. The Western General Hospitals Unit consisted of the Royal Victoria and Western General hospitals.

In 1993, each of the units made an application to become a NHS Trust under the terms of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990.


Archival History: Records held within the National Health Service prior to transfer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer: Acc 03/02 - Eve Gilchrist, Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust

Scope and Content: Annual reports, 1993-1994

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: No disposals made

Accruals: Possibility of further accessions.

System of Arrangement: [Chronological within record class]

Conditions Governing Access: Public access to these records is governed by UK data protection legislation, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and the current Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland).

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Reproduction is subject to closure periods and physical condition

Language/Scripts of Material: English

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper

Finding Aids: Item level catalogue is available

Related Units of Description:

Western General Hospitals NHS Trust (LHB61)

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Unit (LHB42)

Archivists’ Notes: Compiled by Alison Scott

Rules or Conventions: Description based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description International Council on Archives (2nd edition), 2000

Date(s) of Description: August 2010